A native of Rochester, N.Y., Ward Stare is one of the most dynamic and engaging conductors of his generation. He recently completed his tenure as resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. In April 2009, he made his highly successful Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra, stepping in at the last minute for Music Director David Robertson.
In August 2007, Stare made his critically acclaimed debut with The Cleveland Orchestra. In recent seasons, he has appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, DITTO Festival in South Korea, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
In 2012–2013, Stare makes his debut with the Dallas Symphony, Quebec Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He was named “Musician of the Month” by Musical America in 2011, and participated in the prestigious Allianz Cultural Foundation’s International Conductors’ Academy in 2012, culminating with his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall.
Following in the path of many great orchestral conductors whose careers began as instrumentalists, Stare trained as a trombonist at The Juilliard School in Manhattan, and before that served as principal trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. At the age of 18, he was appointed principal trombone of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others.